Definition of corn noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kɔːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɔːrn//
    Carbohydrates, Vegetables, Crops
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  1. 1 (British English) [uncountable] any plant that is grown for its grain, such as wheat; the grain of these plants a field of corn ears/sheaves of corn corn-fed chicken The corn is still green. a field of standing corn CollocationsFarmingGrowing food and raising animals plant trees/​seeds/​crops/​vines/​barley grow/​produce corn/​wheat/​rice/​fruit plough/(North American English) plow land/​a field sow/​harvest seeds/​crops/​fields spread manure/​fertilizer on something cultivate/​irrigate/​water/​contaminate crops/​plants/​fields/​land damage/​destroy/​lose your crop ripen/​pick fruit/​berries/​grapes press/​dry/​ferment grapes grind/​thresh grain/​corn/​wheat raise/​rear/​keep chickens/​poultry/​cattle/​pigs raise/​breed/​feed/​graze livestock/​cattle/​sheep kill/​slaughter livestock preserve/​smoke/​cure/​salt meatModern farming run a fish farm/​an organic dairy engage in/​be involved in intensive (pig/​fish) farming use/​apply (chemical/​organic) fertilizer/​insecticides/​pesticides begin/​do/​conduct field trials of GM (= genetically modified) crops grow/​develop GM crops/​seeds/​plants/​foods fund/​invest in genetic engineering/​research improve/​increase crop yields face/​suffer from/​alleviate food shortages label food that contains GMOs (= genetically modified organisms) eliminate/​reduce farm subsidies oppose/​be against factory farming/​GM food promote/​encourage/​support organic/​sustainable farming See related entries: Carbohydrates, Vegetables, Crops
  2. 2 (North American English) (British English maize) [uncountable] a tall plant grown for its large yellow grains that are used for making flour or eaten as a vegetable; the grains of this plant see also corncob, corn on the cob See related entries: Carbohydrates, Crops
  3. 3 (North American English) (British English sweetcorn) [uncountable] the yellow seeds of a type of corn (maize ) plant, also called corn, which grow on thick stems and are cooked and eaten as a vegetable
  4. 4[countable] a small area of hard skin on the foot, especially the toe, that is sometimes painful
  5. Word Originsenses 1 to 3 Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch koren and German Korn.sense 4 late Middle English: via Anglo-Norman French from Latin cornu ‘horn’.
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